More infected in fresh wave of China bird flu: WHO
LONDON (REUTERS) - Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent days, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, adding to at least 24 new cases last week and confirming a fresh surge in the virus.
With many people travelling within the country for upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations on Jan 31, the United Nations (UN) health agency also said people should be aware of the risk that flu viruses might spread more widely.
Among the new H7N9 cases, reported from several different provinces of China, was a 38-year-old man who died on Jan 9 and a five year-old girl from Guangdong province who became ill on Jan 14 and is now stable in hospital.
Many of the other new patients were either in a serious or critical condition in hospitals. Several had reported recent exposure to poultry or poultry markets, but the WHO said the source of infections was still under investigation.